Michale Dobbs – First Lady

Iain Dale conducted an interview with best selling author Michael Dobbs for 18 Doughty Street.


Below is his excellent book review:-

Michael Dobbs knows how to tell a good political yarn and he certainly doesn’t let us down with his new political thriller 'First Lady'. He has a lot to live up to. Dobbs first burst onto the literary scene in the late 1980s with his House of Cards trilogy, which featured the bitter and twisted Chief Whip Francis Urquhart. He then penned a series of less successful novels before embarking on a mammoth four book series of docu-fiction featuring Winston Churchill as the main character. This genre had never really been tried before – at least not very successfully, so Dobbs was taking quite a risk. He succeeded in bringing to life a period in history for a whole new set of readers and enabled them to understand the complexities of some of the most important events of the twentieth century in a manner no one had managed to before. The last of the four books, Churchill’s Triumph, centred around the Yalta accords and the psychological battles between Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin. But in his new novel, First Lady, Dobbs goes back to basics and used the Palace of Westminster as the backdrop to an intriguing plot. Ginny Edge is married to a Conservative MP. When she discovers he is having an illicit affair it shatters he world. Everything she thought she knew turns out to be a lie. Dobbs uses the stereotype Tory wife to fight back. Instead of doing a Judith Mellor who stood by her man, she decides on a strategy to fight her turf on her own terms. Ginny Edge decides to become a player herself and embarks on a path of twisting men round her little finger in order to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming the wife of the Prime Minister. But she doesn’t have it all her own way. I suspect many a Parliamentary wife or partner reading this book will squirm rather uncomfortably as they turn the pages. In the PR blurb for the book it says that it exposes the greed, corruption and lust for advancement in twenty-first century politics. It does do that, but in a slightly 1990s manner. All in all Dobbs has struck literary gold with his new book. But I wait expectantly for the next series of docu-fiction featuring Margaret Thatcher. Surely her recapture of the Falklands would merit the Dobbs treatment. To buy: http://www.politicos.co.uk/books/25877.htm?ginPtrCode=21892


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